Friday, October 07, 2005

Christian Leader Rips Use of Religion by Harriet Miers Supporters

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, released the following statement today regarding the use of religion by Harriet Miers supporters during the Supreme Court nomination process:

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, calls the practice both hypocritical and patronizing to people of faith and especially Evangelical Christians.

You cannot have it both ways. One cannot say religion is off limits during the Roberts confirmation and then promote it to gain support for Harriet Miers.

Rev. Mahoney comments, "The Constitution makes it clear that there shall be no religious litmus test for any person seeking public office. The faith community worked diligently during the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts to ensure his Catholic faith did not become an issue during the process. It is both troubling and hypocritical for the supporters of Harriet Miers to promote her strong evangelical faith to garner support among religious conservatives. You cannot it have both ways. Groups and leaders cannot say religion is off limits during the Roberts confirmation and then promote religion during the Miers confirmation for the sole purpose of political gain.

"It is also patronizing to promote Ms. Miers strong Christian beliefs as a way to gain support among people of faith and in particular evangelical Christians and the 'religious right.' Do not patronize us by assuming that we will immediately support Ms. Miers, as a Supreme Court Justice, because we hear she is an evangelical Christian. Although the faith community welcomes someone who honors God in their personal life, the larger questions that must be addressed are where one stands on the Constitution, their judicial philosophy and their fundamental view of the law. At this point in time, we have no idea where Harriet Miers stands on any of those issues. To the supporters of Ms. Miers and the White House please stop treating faith as a political commodity."





A caller into Bill Bennett's show made this exact point the other day.

When Roberts was being confirmed every time the dems would bring up his religion, or "deeply held beliefs" in dem-speak, the right would say "no, no, no you can't bring up his religion. Look at his qualifications."

Now were being told "Don't look at Miers qualifications, look at her religion"

The dems are going to use this for all it's worth. Just watch.